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Pastor’s Pen October 19, 2016

“On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, as well as a thick cloud on the mountain, and a blast of a trumpet so loud that all the people who were in the camp trembled.” Exodus 19:16

         It’s stunning to me how loudly God shouts sometimes to get our attention. Just when we think we’ve got this God thing down, we think we know what God wants and we’re on it, then the sky turns black and we’re caught up in the storm of it. Bam, we’re on our knees, again.

         There was a man, whose name was Ralph. He had it all together: great looks, lucky in love, a million dollar job, an athletic life. Everything he touched turned to gold. Then one day his heart blew up. I suspect there’s a more technical term for what happens when an artery unravels and you nearly die. Nevertheless, he woke up to an unfamiliar tangle of tubes having barely escaped that final journey into the light.

         Only then did it occur to him that something might be missing. There in the hospital bed he learned to pray. He found himself drawn to people who looked like they knew God. He hungered for more. Now in the last chapter, he’s begun what he believes to be the most significant work of his life.

This week someone sent me an anonymous story that asks what we would do if we were given $86,400 every morning to be used that day. The only caveat is that at the end of the day, everything left unspent will be taken away. It can’t be saved or transferred. Every morning the bank opens with $86,400 for the day. At any moment, the game can be over without warning.

In truth, each of us is given an even more precious gift from God everyday. Each morning we receive 86,400 seconds as God’s gift of life. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time left unused or wasted is forever lost. Every waking morning the account is refilled, but the donor can dissolve the account at any time.

I hear the distant clap of thunder. Now that God has our attention, what will we do with these precious 86,400 precious seconds before the close of the day?

Prayer: Wake us up to this precious life Lord. We can’t be too loving, too generous, too forgiving, too kind, or too compassionate. We can’t out-love you, however hard we may try. Use us as you will to create a better world while the light still shines. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna